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  1. I feel like some books could be skipped if needed but I wouldn't work out of order. They build on each other and reference back to previous lessons. For full clarity my oldest has only gone up to book 8 though.
  2. It was a middle grades transition for me. 1-4 was/is very, side by side with mom, we work for x minutes per subject and get as far as we get. I have 2 kids in this stage. 5-8 is a slow transition to subjects becoming more independant (many still taught by mom, but others outsourced and all work done independently). I have a 5th grader that works with me one-on-one for an hour, then finishes up his work by himself from a checklist, with a daily check in at the end of the day. Then a 7th grader that sits with me one-on-one on Mondays with her weeks work written out, to delegate it
  3. I go from Treasured Conversations into Writing and Rhetoric. But I only do one W&R book a year, and spend the rest of the time on written narrations in other subjects and "fun" writing.
  4. Math Mammoth is my go-to for remediation (which as a foster parent, Ive been through several times). Even when going with another program, I like their placement tests best. They have grade specific books, as well as topic specific books and it's an easy program to run mastery style or as a spiral. There are a LOT of problems. Many people say too many problems, but I generally make kids do them all, even if it's every other on day 1 and then the leftovers a week or two later to review.
  5. My 6th, most school-resistant child, and the one I'm most laid back on 😉 Math- Keeping trucking with Beast Academy. Should be in 3b, c, and d. Language Arts- Treasured Conversations, followed by Writing and Rhetoric Fables as well as Sequential Spelling and copywork. Daily oral narrations. History- SOTW 3. Science- Astronomy and weather, curriculum undecided. His older siblings are using Signs and Seasons but I don't know how much will be scalable to his level. Typing and Piano. Plus lots of quality books read both independently and out loud, and a morning "riche
  6. Math- Math Mammoth grade 4. Language Arts- Treasured Conversations, followed by Writing and Rhetoric Fables as well as Sequential Spelling and copywork. Maybe transitioning from oral to written narrations halfway through the year. History- SOTW 3. Science- Astronomy and weather, curriculum undecided. Her older siblings are using Signs and Seasons but I don't know how much will be scalable to her level. Typing and Piano. Plus lots of reading quality books both independently and out loud, and a morning "riches" of bible, saints, memory work, poetry, art appreciation, an
  7. As a mom of an ADHD kiddo, I would suggest also working on the scaffolding he needs to get homework turned in. He is likely incapable of doing so without extra help (be that a checklist system, a routine, a check in call, ect). Medication helps a lot of aspects of ADHD, but executive functioning skills unfortunately aren't one of them. The thread Explicitly Teaching Executive Functioning Skills that's stuck at the top of the General Education Board may be a good place to start.
  8. I don't think so. Place value was the first thing we tacked post adoption. For like, a year, lol. I have enough other kids I recognized it right away. Decimals have actually been a breeze because it's just a continuation.
  9. She is a fighter for sure. We have always pushed that she can do whatever she wants, she just has to work harder for it. Homeschooling has been a huge blessing for this child.
  10. I'm still constantly figuring out what she can and can't do, and what scaffolding does and does not work. Also what concepts and developmental steps are going to come 3-5 years "late" and which won't come at all. Like the other commenter, word problems and real life situations are hard and where a matter of memorizing key words. My daughter can usually tell when to subtract, add, multiply or divide now as long as it's a single step work problem. Multiple steps are beyond her, even in daily life (fold your laundry AND put it away). And yes, she can't estimate or logic out when someth
  11. For our situation it's because learning disorders (ADHD, fetal alcohol and meth exposures, and PTSD officially) make conceptual understanding not attainable. Prefrontal skills like abstract thinking, cause and effect, logical thinking, and so on are incredibly difficult. But, at the same time, I don't want her tied to a calculator in daily life (estimating your bill for a grocery run, adjusting recipes, ect). Not to mention to use a calculator you need to at least learn what to do with said calculator. Nor do I want to decide in elementary/middle school that she's never going to be a
  12. My 7yo didn't enjoy the spooky transition, and we had difficulty finding any without it. I personally also noticed an uptick of bratty behavior. We moved on to other books.
  13. Not terribly familiar with Right Start (have seen it and looked through it but never used it) but I have a lot of kids either in or just past this arithmatic to algebra stage. My oldest boy went from Beast to Jacobs Algebra this year in 7th grade. Hes worked it mostly independant, coming to me maybe once or twice a month for help. The math itself was fine, even the transition to abstract thinking was fine. Where he struggled a bit was the transition to high school level work. Jacobs is fairly gently and friendly, but it was still a transition. Going from a workbook to a textbook and l
  14. I use TT as a secondary program for my daughter with learning disabilities and ADHD. Like the above commenter mentioned, it's very algorithm based. It teaches how but not always why. This can be great for kids that just aren't capable of deeper conceptual understanding and just need to learn how to get by. That may also be great for review or remedial students. I hesitate to reccomend it for average to above average kids. Another thing worth mentioning is that even besides the hint feature (which can be turned off if you are saavy enough to do so) and the second and third chance feat
  15. My kids are no where near age order in math. More like 2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 5 😂. They get used to it. Using different curricula can help if they are touchy.
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